A New Day


Format: CD

Release date: 6 Nov 2020
Format: CD
Grade: New (About gradings)
SKU: 101625
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Dave Koz’s ‘A New Day’ is the saxophonist’s first solo album of original material since ‘Hello Tomorrow’ in 2010. This legend of Smooth Jazz delivers an album that will not disappoint his legion of fans and ranks, alongside the classic ‘The Dance’ from 1999, as his finest work. The album starts with the breezy ‘Summertime In NYC’ that features Brian McKnight on vocals. It enjoys a retro Soul feel, not dissimilar to Bill Withers’ Lovely Day’. There is a joyful optimism to the uplifting ‘The Closer We Get’, whilst Koz gets into a smooth funky groove on ‘Still Got It’. Fellow alto man, Dave Sanborn joins Dave on the slightly slower ‘Side By Side’. The mellow lament ‘Long Goodbyes’ is subtle and endearing with a lovely contribution from piano maestro Bob James. There are several fine instrumentals such as ‘Barcelona’, ‘Dr. Norm’ and the funkier ‘Highwire’. Koz reveals his renowned, romantic side on the title number and ‘It’s All Love’. Guests sound like a who’s who including Jeff Lorber, Marc Antoine, Meshell Mdegeocello and Rick Braun amongst many others. ‘A New Day’, recorded under COVID distancing restrictions, is a fine album and a candidate for Smooth Jazz album of the year.

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